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Overview

  • Ethel Sara Wolper is a cultural historian of the medieval and early modern Islamic world. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Islamic Art from the University of California in Los Angeles. At UNH, Wolper teaches courses on the history of Islam and the Middle East, Sufism, Cities in crisis, Islam in America, and Islamic Art. Wolper has held fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays program, the American Association of University Women, the Center for Advanced Study at the National Gallery of Art, the Mellon Foundation at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and the National Humanities Center. At UNH, she served as director of the UNH in London program. Wolper is the author of┬áCities and Saints: Sufism and the Transformation of Urban Space in Medieval Anatolia (Penn State University Press, 2003), and an editor with Daphna Ephrat and Paulo Pinto of Saintly Spheres and Islamic Landscapes: Emplacements of Spiritual Power across Time and Space (Brill, 2021) She has published articles in Muqarnas, Mesegios, Muslim World, and Medieval Encounters. She has contributed chapters and entries to The Art Museum (Phaidon, 2010), Women in Islamic Culture, and the Readers Guide to Gay and Lesbian Studies. Wolper's current research focuses on the politics of heritage conservation in destroyed cities of the Islamic world. She is the lead on the remembering Mosul project (www.rememberingmosul.org).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2020 ImaretThe Encyclopaedia of Islam.  62-66. 2020
    2014 Islamic Architecture and Institutions in the Late Medieval CityHistory Compass.  12:912-923. 2014
    2005 Understanding the public face of piety: architecture and philanthropy in late medieval AnatoliaMesegios.  25-26. 2005
    2000 Khidr, Elwan Celebi and the conversion of sacred sanctuaries in AnatoliaThe Muslim World.  90:309-322. 2000
    1995 The Politics of Patronage: Political Change and the Construction of Dervish Lodges in SivasMuqarnas.  12:39-39. 1995
    Khidr and the Changing Frontiers of the Medieval WorldMedieval Encounters

    Book

    Year Title
    2020 Saintly Spheres and Islamic Landscapes Emplacements of Spiritual Power Across Time and Place 2020
    2003 Cities and Saints Sufism and the Transformation of Urban Space in Medieval Anatolia 2003
    Lessons from Mosul: Urban Memory and Intangible Heritage in Iraq and Turkey

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2017 Shrines of the Hebrew Prophets and the Architecture of Religious Communities in Medieval Iraq 2017
    2015 Khidr and the Politics of Translation in Mosul Mar Behnam, St George and Khidr Ilyas.  379-392. 2015
    2013 Khidr and the Politics of Place: Creating Landscapes of Continuity 2013
    2013 Khidr and the Language of Conversion: Creating Landscapes of Discontinuity 2013
    2011 Islamic Art 2011
    Building Activity and Sufi Networks in Anatolia.  Ed. Wolper, Ethel.  221-247.
    Shrines and Religious Minorities in Mosul

    Conference Paper

    Year Title
    Constructing the Parameters of Devotion in Medieval Anatolia: Reflections on the Zawiyas of Tokat
    Urban Memory and Intangible Heritage in Mosul: The Politics of Shrine Reconstruction and Religious Communities

    Teaching Activities

  • Explorations/History of Cities Taught course 2022
  • Foreign Cultures/Islamic Taught course 2022
  • Honors/Beijing to Baghdad Taught course 2022
  • Honors/Beijing to Baghdad Taught course 2021
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2021
  • Coll/Cities in Crisis Taught course 2021
  • Coll/Cities in Crisis Taught course 2021
  • Global Humanities Taught course 2021
  • Global Humanities Taught course 2021
  • Expl/Marco Polo - Drug Trade Taught course 2020
  • Medieval Islam Taught course 2020
  • Colloquium Taught course 2019
  • Honors/Islam, Art, & the Past Taught course 2019
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2019
  • Medieval World (The Crusades) Taught course 2019
  • Medieval World (The Crusades) Taught course 2019
  • Colloquium/ Cities in History Taught course 2018
  • Top/Islamic Cultr & Civiliztn Taught course 2018
  • Coll/Wake of ISIS Taught course 2018
  • Honors/Islam, Art, & the Past Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2017
  • Islam in the Modern Age Taught course 2017
  • Colloq/Islam Caliphate ISIS Taught course 2016
  • Medieval Islam Taught course 2016
  • Colloq/Islam&Modern Middl East Taught course 2016
  • Foreign Cultures Taught course 2016
  • Islam in the Modern Age Taught course 2015
  • Sem/World History Networks Taught course 2015
  • Foreign Cultures/Islam Taught course 2014
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2014
  • Colloq/Sultans, Harems, Spies Taught course 2014
  • Medieval World Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. PublicRelationsAdvertAppldComm, University of Chicago
  • M.A. Art History,Criticism&Conserv., University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. Art History,Criticism&Conserv., University of California - Los Angeles
  • Full Name

  • Ethel Wolper
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Department of History

    20 Academic Way

    Durham, NH  03824

    United States